US Prosecutors Unseal New Charges Against Bitcoin Exchange Operator

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A new indictment has been filed against Anthony Murgio, the former operator of bitcoin exchange, months after charges were first submitted by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Court documents obtained by CoinDesk detail seven charges against Murgio, who was arrested in July alongside co-operator Yuri Lebedev and charged with the unlawful operation of a money transmission business as well as money laundering. Murgio later posted $100,000 bail.

As in the original indictment, Murgio is accused of operating a vast conspiracy for the unlawful operation of in the new superseding indictment. Key to the scheme was falsely representing the firm as a members-only “Collectors Club” organization. Murgio also allegedly miscoded credit card transactions in order to hide the fact that bitcoins were being purchased.

According to the filing, customers were induced to misleading their banks:

“Also in furtherance of their unlawful scheme, Murgio and his co-conspirators knowingly instructed customers of to lie to banks about the bitcoin exchange transactions the customers were executing with, and to state falsely that they were for the exchange of collectible items, and not for bitcoins.”

Later, the exchange acquired control of a

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